It’s finally here…Our 50th Anniversary Celebration!
Since last December we have offered several special activities and remembrances to help mark our 50 years in ministry: a kick off celebration in December 2017; monthly first-Sunday fellowship times; a drone photograph of our congregation; a #50thingsaboutme social media campaign; and a special pledge drive for the Forwarding Faith Campaign, an effort which seeks to create a Christian formation endowment in our Virginia Synod. On All Saints Sunday, November 4, 2018, we will offer our pinnacle event – festival worship at 10:45 AM, followed by a meal and program of thanksgiving.
Our guest preacher for the day, the Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick, is a former member of Messiah Lutheran. She presently serves as one of two Assistant Bishops of the Virginia Synod. Pastor Lou will preside over the Lord’s Supper.
During the day, we will welcome back several former pastors and/or their families. In memory of the Rev. Larry Matthews (Pastor at Messiah 1973-1979), his family has generously donated funds to purchase new communion ware. These items will be dedicated during our worship and used for the first time. A separate large donation was made to MCEF, which was begun during his tenure with the support of Messiah Lutheran, Episcopal Church of the Creator, and Redeemer Roman Catholic congregational members.
Of course, we will also recognize all the charter members who first officially organized
the church on All Saints Sunday, November 3, 1968. (Messiah began as a mission
congregation of the Lutheran Church of America, a predecessor of the ELCA, in
1968.) Yet, we will also look forward to our future filled with hope.
Our day’s theme is “50 years…SO what’s next?”
Download our latest newsletter to read more about our celebration and other events coming during this season of Thanksgiving:
Special thanks to Scot Shaw for creating our 50th anniversary logo!